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George Grosz

Liebespaar (Loving couple)

brush, reed pen, India ink and pencil on paper
1932
59,8 x 45,9 cm / 23 1/2 x 18 1/4 in.
signed, titled and inscribed 'No 7 Liebespaar' lower left, inscribed '7284 … 18 cm breit' lower centre verso inscribed 'simpl 32' and with estate stamp and no '3-113-2'

George Grosz was a keen observer, with his, as he called it, "razor sharp" drawing style he put the finger on the problems of society and made the decadence, brutalisation, corruption and social injustice of his time the motifs of his works. The capital Berlin, at that time the cultural centre of Germany, was the ideal place for Grosz, who moved there in 1912. He sent the present drawing to the satirical magazine "Simplicissimus" in February 1932. It was published under the title "Philosophie", the caption can be translated as: "You see, little angel, that is the short luck of love: it starts with pleasantries and ends with alimony." Provenance available

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